Haven Brothers Diner
First established as a horse-drawn wagon, Havens Brothers now has its own parking spot next to City Hall.
The diner arrives downtown daily at 5PM from Federal Hill and serves food until around 4AM.
The diner began as a horse-drawn cart. Today, patrons order and eat (if they can find a seat) in a silver Morse dining car pulled by a Ford commercial truck.
Backstory and Context
In 1986, it appeared that the Havens Brothers had served their last greasy meal at this location, as city officials decided that the old truck and its greasy fare clashed with the gentrification efforts of the downtown area. For a short time, the truck was quarantined to a spot behind a bus station on West Exchange Street. Community members rallied behind the beloved food truck, which won a temporary return to its historic location with the aid of a court order. Providence locals worked to convince the city that the recent work to improve the appearance of Kennedy Plaza were only palatable if the historic food truck could be part of the new and improved downtown. By the end of the year, city officials backed down. As a result, visitors to the city can join residents in a beloved tradition of late night "double murder burgers" or any of the diner's other classics.